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Peer Educators taking action against real life challenges.

posted 2 Jun 2014, 03:07 by ntobeko dlamini

144 Peer Educators from 28 Star For Life partnered schools in uMkhanyakude and uMhlathuze Municipality got together and shared ideas, increased their HIV/AIDS awareness and expanded their knowledge on environmental health, alcohol and drug abuse.

KZN 03, 2014 Peer Educators' together with the SFL Life Coaches and Stakeholders.

 The Star For Life Area Manager for Empangeni schools, Mr. Simingaye Zulu said that peer-to-peer education is one of the most effective strategies for working with young people in order to create a social life and community understanding in communities and schools. “The training gave the Peer Educators an holistic understanding of violence in schools and how to deal with it, in addition to this the training increased HIV/AIDS awareness, Communication and Presentation skills and awareness around substance abuse and Environmental issues”. The training comprised of discussions, brainstorming sessions, peer educator and stakeholder presentations, team building games as well as poetry readings.


Peer Educators' from KZN 02 cluster during the discussion session.

A Grade 11 Peer Educator, Nombuso Ngema from Qhakaza High School noted that being a peer educator is a great way of developing your leadership skills and enrich the lives of your peers. “I can not wait to go back to my peers at school and report on what we learnt from this camp. It is such a privilege for us to be chosen to be part of this camp.”


Addressing the learners at the camp, Constable Wanda Mgotywa from the South African Police Services said it is critical for learners to be taught about the dangers of committing crimes during their youth, as the impact of having a criminal record may affect them for the rest their lives.


The SFL Area Manager in Mkhuze and Jozini schools, Sfiso Mathenjwa said that Peer Educator’s work closely with the Life Skills Coaches and the Educator’s who are Lay Counselors in the school,“ it is amazing how these young and energetic learners are so eager to bring change in their schools and communities.


“As a peer educator I will use my skills to help my peers to deal with social challenges facing us as young people today”.

To date, about 601 learners have attended Star For Life peer education training camps in KZN, Gauteng and Namibia.